The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday rejected former senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s request to drop two cases against him for alleged defamation of judges and the Supreme Court.
Three cases have been registered against Abidi for allegedly defaming the judiciary and using threatening language. On Oct 2, he received interim bail in two cases filed in Sept ─ which was set to expire today ─ and had requested on Oct 8 that the cases be dismissed.
Earlier this week, a third case was filed against him and he was taken into custody by police outside the Supreme Court, where he had attended the hearing of a suo motu case initiated against him for anti-judiciary remarks made by him in an interview that was aired on Channel 5.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani today heard Abidi’s lawyer’s request to dismiss the cases against him, with the court observing that the matter had “turned into a joke”.
“Whoever pleases comes and slings mud at the judiciary,” the court noted, adding that the chief justice had also been publicly threatened.
During the hearing, the court asked Abidi’s lawyer, Sheikh Zaheer Hussain Shah, which TV channel the remarks were aired on, to which the lawyer responded saying that it was a channel called Naya Pakistan.
Shah argued that it was unconstitutional to have three FIRs registered against his client, to which Justice Kiyani responded that Abidi would be punished in one case, not three.
The court asked if Abidi had insulted the court to which his lawyer replied that the former Senator had not committed contempt of court, but had used “harsh words”.
The court responded saying that the threatening attitude towards the judiciary was inappropriate.
In a separate hearing, an anti-terrorism court on Thursday cancelled the interim bail Abidi was granted in the earlier case registered against him at the Secretariat police station.
Abidi, who had earlier received interim bail, was produced in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) today. Judge Shahrukh Arjumand, after being informed that Abidi was already in police custody, cancelled his interim bail.
Subsequently, ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi handed Abidi over to police on two-day physical remand.